That advantage was put to the test in Game 4 on Monday. For the first time in four games, the Dodgers' starting pitcher left the game with the lead. He did so with one out in the sixth inning with a one-run lead.
Blanton stays in game
The situation: The Phillies trailed, 3-2, when Carlos Ruiz drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the fifth. That brought up pitcher Joe Blanton, who had allowed three runs in his last two innings.
The outcome: Blanton pitched just one more inning and gave up an unearned run in the sixth on a throwing error by third baseman Pedro Feliz and a pair of bloop singles by Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake. Then Manuel turned it over to the bullpen.
The analysis: "I thought Blanton pitched well as far as he went and then our bullpen did a tremendous job." -- Manuel
Torre goes to the bullpen
The situation: The Dodgers, with starter Randy Wolf on the mound, led 4-2 going into the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Shane Victorino tripled and scored on a single by Chase Utley. Wolf then walked Ryan Howard.
The outcome: Belisario was able to get Werth to hit a weak grounder to third and the Phillies were able to get a force at second. With runners at the corners, Ibanez hit a rocket off Kuo to left but Manny Ramirez came in and snagged the ball just before it fell in for the third out of the inning. Kuo then pitched a scoreless seventh.
The analysis: "We sort of stretched it a little bit because we normally don't go to Kuo in the sixth. But he for the first time all year came back and pitched that next inning and I thought that was really a key for us to do that." -- Torre
Calling on Broxton early
The situation: The Dodgers were still up, 4-3, with one out in the bottom of the eighth. But left-handed reliever George Sherrill hit Victorino and walked Utley. Sherrill then struck out Howard, bringing up Werth.
The outcome: Broxton got Werth to fly out to end the inning, but then let the game slip away by giving up a two-out, two-run double to Jimmy Rollins in the bottom of the ninth.
The analysis: "We knew once we got to the eighth inning that Brox, when it got to Werth, that was going to be his man." -- Torre
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.